With barely a month to go for elections in Pakistan, it is more than apparent that the exercise is likely to be even more uncertain than before for various reasons. Major national parties have been vastly reduced in stature, and redrawing of constituencies and changes in the constitution itself has complicated electoral math. Major parties will also view with concern the fact that the Lashkar-e-Taiba, armed with its national power base and enviable infrastructure, has finally entered the fray.

Hafiz Saeed, head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-ud-Dawa, has long been leaning towards joining elections, pulling in not only his own group but also a host of organisations that it supports under various banners. This includes the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Protection of Pakistan), a platform that draws in madrasa students, local religious groups and many a Pakistani politician, particularly from the PML(N), in Punjab, not to mention a former spymaster or two. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

The Jammu and Kashmir police will act against those who eulogise dead militants in funerals, making provocative speeches which the police believes motivates young people to join militant groups.

“We have devised a strategy to deal with these gatherings,” said state police chief SP Vaid. Vaid refused to discuss specifics of the strategy but a Srinagar-based official in the security forces said the state police had been asked to identify and act against people making provocative speeches at such gatherings, glorifying the “sacrifices” of the dead militants. The police will also take measures to keep these gatherings from not becoming too large, this person added on condition of anonymity. Continue reading

SOURCE: Telegraphindia

A hundred years have passed since Indian soldiers laid down their lives to liberate the Israeli city of Haifa from the Ottoman army. A century later, it is India that looks up to the military prowess of Israel. The Narendra Modi-led government wants more and more Israeli defence companies to open shop in India and the latter have embraced the opportunity with gusto. In 2017, Israel signed a $2 billion deal with India to supply advanced missile defence systems – the biggest such deal in the history of Israel’s defence industries.

Israeli defence companies such as Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Limited, Elbit Systems, Aeronautics Limited and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Limited – that specialise in manufacturing UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), radars, avionics and other defence equipment – have entered into joint ventures with private companies in India. Continue reading


Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is playing cynical politics by saying that the army kills more civilians than militants in Jammu and Kashmir, and that this did not happen when he ruled the state. He appears to be trying to project his stint as chief minister (2006-08) as a time when forces were disciplined compared to the present time. In fact, the opposite is true.

A Superintendent of Police is still in jail, having been indicted for killing civilians who had nothing to do with militancy during Azad’s term as chief minister. Several innocent and impoverished people, including some migrant labourers, were apparently killed for rewards around that time. That continued till the infamous Machil killings in 2010, when National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was the chief minister. Continue reading

SOURCE: News Nation

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli have pushed the ties between the countries on a fast track as Kathmandu emerges out of India’s shadow.

Ever since Delhi’s mindless blockade of Nepal in 2015, over the new Republican Constitution, India lost much goodwill in the country. The move that then prime minister Oli initiated, not to be solely dependent on India by turning to China, has accelerated since the two Communist parties jointly fought the elections in 2017 and later became one party. Continue reading


The alliance between the BJP and the PDP collapsed on the question of terrorism. But the experiment and experiences of the coalition between the parties, having diametrically opposite views, need to be re-examined from a larger perspective in order to understand the problems Jammu and Kashmir is facing. The critics of the alliance consider it as opportunistic politics by both. It is not only unjust but a classic case of ‘grapes are sour’. The Congress’s tryst with a coalition with the PDP is not unhidden.

The formation of the government in 2014 had demolished the propaganda by Pakistan at international forums that the voice of the people remained unheard due to the Indian military’s dominant role in the Valley. Continue reading


The home ministry has set a calibrated goal for states to target the brass of Left wing extremists, including 11 CPI(Maoists) central and regional committee members. States identified district, regional and central committee commanders during a review meeting home secretary Rajiv Gauba held recently.

Maoists’ central committee members Misir Besra, Kishanji and Sitaram Manjhi figure high in the hit-list which includes leaders of other banned groups. The Jharkhand police alone has announced a reward of `1 crore, each, on their heads. The red corridor is now restricted to thirty districts due to concerted effort of the MHA in the last four years.  Continue reading


Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has dropped its plan to start a course on Islamic terrorism following objections raised by minority bodies as well as some university academics and students.

“JNU authorities recently replied to our notice saying there was no proposal to start a course on ‘Islamic terrorism’ but their documents submitted to us mention it as part of the curriculum of the proposed Centre for National Security Studies,” Delhi Minorities Commission chairman Zafarul Islam Khan said. Continue reading


Protests against the bombings by Indian Air Force (IAF) planes in a firing range located on the Himalayan foothills near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border have gathered steam after live bombings by Sukhoi 30 aircraft injured a local person on June 8, following the killing of four “mithuns”, a buffalo-like animal revered by most Arunachali tribal communities, on June 6.

Protests by local people demanding shifting of the bombing range, the only air-to-ground firing range available in the entire Northeast sector, have been going on for the last 26 years. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Nepal can be a bridge between India and China as it wants to leverage its friendship with both the countries to boost its own development, Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said.Oli, currently on a visit to Beijing, said in an interview with state-run Global Times tabloid that Nepal has “broad, comprehensive and multi-faceted” relations with India and China.

“We believe that Nepal can serve as a bridge between our two neighbours. In fact, we want to move from the state of a land-locked to a land-linked country through the development of adequate cross-border connectivity. Our friendship with both neighbours places us in an advantageous position to realise this goal,” he said. Continue reading


UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix will visit India and three other nations to thank the troop-contributing countries for their service and update them on the ongoing reforms in the peace and security area.

Lacroix will visit Bangladesh, Nepal, India, and Pakistan from June 23 to July 3. He will visit Dhaka, Bangladesh, following which he will travel to Kathmandu. He will then travel to New Delhi, before concluding his trip to the region with a visit to Islamabad. Continue reading


Army chief General Bipin Rawat reviewed the security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) and in the hinterland in Kashmir during his day-long visit to the valley today. The Army chief visited Kashmir Valley to review the prevailing security situation along the Line of Control and also in the hinterland, a Srinagar-based defence spokesman said.

He said, accompanied by Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh and Chinar Corps Commander Lt. Gen A K Bhatt, the Army chief visited forward posts along the LoC in the frontier districts of Kupwara and Baramulla where he was briefed on all aspects of operational and logistical preparedness. Continue reading


In a fine demonstration of the operational reach and pursuit of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships INS Shakti and INS Kamorta reached the port of Makassar, Indonesia for a three-day visit on Friday. Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, is leading the fleet ships.

An ENC official said the presence of the frontline warships of the Indian Navy comes soon after both countries elevated their bilateral ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia on May 29. Continue reading


On April 6th earlier this year, IAF published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking proposals from interested vendors for supply of 110 fighter jets in a deal worth $15 billion which will be manufactured locally under the Modi government’s flagship Make in India scheme.

According to the Request for Information issued global manufacturers have to respond by July 6, with their offers along with other information like Transfer of technology on offer along with product information of the aircraft on the offer. Continue reading


Arjun Mk-2 after incorporating 84 improvements gained over six tons over the MK1 and now weighs at 68.6 tons. but this is about to change and on instances of the Indian Army, DRDO has again started working on to carry out structural improvements and also develop a reconfigured Hull with new improved advanced armor material which will allow it to lose 3 tons in total weight.

Indian Army had asked for weight optimized Mk-2 in 2016 and work begin soon after by DRDO put results will not be quick since reconfiguration of an accepted design will mean more painstaking and also slow developmental work which will keep the Mk-2 out of production before it is revalidated again by Indian Army in fresh trials. Continue reading